As people with HIV age, they find themselves subject to the same issues that face healthier senior citizens.
Earlier this year, researchers at Georgetown University announced that a 71-year-old man was the first HIV patient to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
That claim was challenged by Dr. Victor Valcour, associate professor of geriatric medicine in the department of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, and co-director of the International NeuroHIV Cure Consortium. He said his team diagnosed an HIV patient with Alzheimer’s in 2008.
Whoever is correct, the point is clear: HIV used to be a death sentence. Now those that have it are likely get other diseases. 
A Georgetown researcher clarified the importance of this discovery. The patient could change what researchers know about HIV and dementia, namely how some patients may be misdiagnosed with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders when they may be developing Alzheimer’s disease, or both.
According to Dr. …
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